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Cowboys CB Jourdan Lewis Showing his Worth in Training Camp

Lewis was one of the most sought after corners coming out of college in 2017. The former Michigan Wolverine was a two-time first-team All American and All-Big Ten performer (2015,2016) as well as the Big Ten of the Year in his final collegiate season (2016).

After leaving Ann Arbor he hit the ground running during his rookie campaign. He was in a draft class that also included and , both starters. Playing in 15 games and logging 7 starts, Lewis made his reps count. Finishing with 54 tackles (48 solo), 1 interception and an impressive 10 passes defended. All the signs pointed to himself and Awuzie being the team's starting corners for the foreseeable future.

However, plans took a shift in January of 2018 when the brought in as the Coach and Coordinator. He made his mark in Seattle as the orchestrator of the “Legion of Boom”, guiding the careers of big names such as , , and . His motto has always been to have tall and long-armed defensive backs, and at 5'10, Lewis simply didn't fit his philosophy.

He would switch from to corner, his most natural position, resulting in him becoming a second-team All-Pro. As a result, the former third-round pick got lost in the shuffle and basically forgotten in 2018. He saw action in 15 games just like his rookie season but only managed one start. A pedestrian 12 tackles, 1 pass defended and an interception would be all be could muster.

But in the game of football, it's always important to stay prepared in case of an . Lewis was afforded new life and a chance to step up in March when Jones had surgery to fix a hip ailment. The hope was for him to be ready by but he likely won't see any action while the team is in Southern California, as he was put on the PUP list.

As training camp has commenced, Lewis isn't wasting time reminding everyone just how talented he is.

He's showing that if for some reason the Cowboys can't reach a new deal with Jones, who's set to be an unrestricted in 2020, he's more than capable of being the player he was intended to be when his draft card was turned in. The more reliable defensive backs you have in today's NFL that's predicted to the , in particular the passing game, the better off you'll be.

The Cowboys are optimistic that Jones will be ready for the season opener against the Giants. If that weren't the case Lewis is proving he can step in and shoulder the load. The organization wouldn't have to look in the draft or to fill the shoes of Jones if he decides to test free agency. There's still a month to go before the season starts but Lewis is definitely getting eyes back on him with his performance thus far.

Matthew Lenix
Matthew Lenix
I write dope stuff about the Dallas Cowboys and what not.

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